Sir Derek Jones KCB

Born and educated in Wales, Derek graduated in Philosophy, with a particular interest in political and ethical theory. He joined the Civil Service, spending most of his early career in Whitehall, at the Treasury and the then DTI, with a wide spread of Fast Stream appointments, from City regulation to industrial and trade policy.

Returning to Wales in 1989, he joined the then Welsh Office as Head of Industrial Policy and subsequently Head of the Finance Division. In 1994, he became the (Under Secretary) Director of the Industry and Training Department responsible for economic support and vocational training throughout Wales. During all this time, he was heavily involved in the major effort to attract investment and jobs to Wales in the face of high unemployment following the decline of the traditional industries.

In 1999 he was appointed Deputy Secretary and Senior Director for Economic Affairs. This period coincided with the creation of devolved Government under the National Assembly. As Senior Director, Derek played a major role in the effective working of the devolved administration. He was awarded a CB in 2008.

Between 2008 and 2012 Derek left government service to become Director, Business and Strategic Partnerships at Cardiff University, leading the University's work to develop productive relationships with business and government.

In 2012, he became Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government taking responsibility for the running of the devolved government and its £15 billion programme budget and as 'chief executive' of the 5,000 staff across Wales and the overseas offices. 

This period also saw further development of autonomous Welsh government, in particular the exercise of primary legislative powers. 
In 2014 Derek was made Knight Commander (KCB) of the Order of the Bath.

He stood down from the Permanent Secretary role early in 2017.

Sir Derek is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and a Vice-President of Cardiff Business Club.

Sir Derek was appointed as Chair of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is Chief Executive of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water - the not-for-profit water and wastewater service provider for three million people across most of Wales, Herefordshire and Deeside.

Prior to this, Chris was the company’s Finance Director after it was acquired by Glas Cymru in May 2001. He played a leading role in co-founding Glas Cymru for the sole purpose of acquiring Welsh Water. Glas Cymru’s unique ownership model means that any surpluses generated from the company’s activities are reinvested directly in the businesses to improve service and value to its customers – and not paid out to shareholders. 

Chris is also a former Non-Executive Director of The Principality Building Society and Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. 

Chris joined the Prince’s Trust Cymru Council in 2009.

Huw Jakeway

Huw joined the Fire Service in 1990. He has worked in a variety of roles across all departments and in 2005, was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor. In 2005, Huw attained an MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan.

Huw was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and his portfolio includes Fleet & Engineering, Innovation & Improvement, Health & Safety, Special Projects, Resilience & Planning, and Development & Review.

On 14 March 2011, Huw was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Service Delivery lead on Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire Control and Performance Management.
From 1 December 2011, Huw became Acting Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Risk Reduction lead on Community Fire Safety & Partnerships, Legislative Fire Safety, Performance Management and Workforce Negotiations.

On the 28 September 2012, Huw was appointed as Chief Fire Officer by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

David Parry-Jones

As Vice President for Northern Europe at VMware, David Parry-Jones is responsible for VMware’s business strategy and growth across the region, helping its customers and partners accelerate their journey to the Software Defined world and the cloud.

David is originally from Anglesey in North Wales but his parents moved to Saudi Arabia in 1976. He attended boarding school at Rydal in Colwyn Bay, before studying Physics at UCNW in Bangor and attaining a postgraduate qualification in teaching. He then left Wales to work in the North Sea doing Seismic Surveys.

David joined VMware in 2012 from Microsoft where he had held a number of senior leadership roles. With a successful career in IT spanning two decades, he worked at a number of companies before MIcrosoft including BT and IBM.

He now lives in Ascot, Berkshire with his wife Clare, who also works in the IT Industry for Computacenter, and his two children Bryn and Eve. His hobbies include rugby, cycling and cooking for the family. He also has a house on the coast near St David’s in Pembrokeshire and loves his time there. His parents are now back from Saudi and have retired back to the family home in Llandegfan.

Jemma Terry

Jemma Terry, Managing Partner, Wales Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Jemma is Managing Partner and founder of the Odgers Executive Search office and team in Wales, covering the Private, Public and Charitable Sectors and based in Cardiff. She has 20+ years search experience delivering Executive, Non-Executive and senior management assignments across all functions.

Jemma is also Director of the Cardiff Business Club; Governor of the University of South Wales; Trustee of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; Member of the CBI Council for Wales and an Ambassador for Pembrokeshire, where she was born and raised.

Jemma's early career includes completion of Marks and Spencer’s Graduate Management Programme before assuming commercial and operational management roles in stores and head office. Jemma has a BSc Honours in Management Science & French with subsidiary Maths & Spanish and is a graduate of one of France's celebrated 'Grandes Ecoles' business management schools - L' Ecole Superieure de Commerce.

Matt Jukes

Matt Jukes was appointed Chief Constable of South Wales Police in January 2018.

Matt joined South Yorkshire Police in 1995 as a police constable on the streets of Sheffield, soon after being commended for his tenacity and courage in the arrest of a suspect following a post office robbery.

Between 1997 and 2006, Matt went on to work in a number of roles, principally as a detective. In his early CID career he was involved in operations to tackle violent drugs gangs and later specialised in counter terrorism.

He worked for the forerunner of the National Counter Terrorism Policing network and represented United Kingdom policing at G8 meetings in the United States in 2004. Matt remains involved strategically in counter terrorism and has had a leading role in a number of high profile operations across England and Wales.

In 2006 Matt returned to local policing as a divisional Chief Superintendent in the former coalfields and industrial areas of South Yorkshire.

He joined South Wales Police as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2010. He led the latest phase of the force’s response to several miscarriage of justice cases from the 1980s and 90s, including the infamous ‘Cardiff 3’ case. As well as overseeing electoral fraud investigations in the National Assembly, he had command of regional organised crime and counter terrorism units.

Matt was appointed Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) in August 2013. As DCC he had the task of leading a change programme to equip the force to manage a £50 million reduction in funding, at the same time as responding to huge operational challenges including the 2014 NATO Summit, 2015 Rugby World Cup and 2017 UEFA Champions League Final. After this period of change, the force has remained focused on local policing and a rigorous programme of back-office reform has supported one of the smallest front-line reductions in the UK with South Wales Police was recently assessed as the most visible force in England and Wales.

Matt is a member of the Prince’s Trust Advisory Council in Wales and has a leading role in work with Public Health Wales on tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences. He leads on a number of portfolios for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, including the recruitment, retention and wellbeing of investigators.

He retains a strong interest in wider issues of health and wellbeing in the service and is chair of Police Sport UK. As a keen sportsman himself, he has competed in running, triathlon and swimming events (and keeps promising the next charity match is definitely his last game of rugby).

Matt was awarded a Queens Police Medal in the New Year Honours List 2018.

Matt, a married father of two, was born in the Midlands and has called South Wales home since 2010.

Sasha Davies

Sasha took up the post of ‘Head of Strategic Development Wales’ for Horizon Nuclear Power in May 2016. Based at the Wylfa site office, Sasha has responsibility for the local, regional and all Wales Stakeholder engagement activity, provides a strategic overview and coordination in the work areas of: local/Wales business supply chain, education and skills, Welsh language and culture, voluntary community benefit, Wales communications and media.

From July 2012 until April 2016, Sasha held the post of Strategic Director of Economy and Place at Conwy County Borough Council and was the Welsh Local Government Association Regional European Advisor for North Wales.

Sasha has previously held several posts (between 1994 to 2005) within the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) in Cardiff, Brussels and North Wales, including Business Development Manager (Central Europe), Inward Investment Manager and Strategy Manager.  She was Head of Economic Development at Isle of Anglesey Council between 2005 and 2012 including a 3 year secondment as Programme Director of the Anglesey Energy Island Programme.

Since January 2017, Sasha is Chair of the Welsh Government North Wales Regional Skills Partnership.

Sasha became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Ian Price

Ian became Director CBI Wales in January 2017, after 11 years of being Assistant Director for both Wales and South West of England. Ian joined the CBI as Assistant Director in September 2005. Ian’s role initially involved supporting Welsh and South West businesses with local and national government interface. Ian represented the CBI public sector procurement issues, he also specialises in HR and Employment, and he also headed up SME work for Wales and the South West of England.  He commentates on behalf of the CBI in the media and writes a regularly for business magazines, local and national press on business related issues.

Prior to joining the CBI Ian worked in recruitment for a number of years and was a Director at Acorn Recruitment, one of the UK’s leading recruitment companies.

Ian was in the Royal Air Force for 9 years and served in the Falklands during 1982 and received the South Atlantic Campaign medal

Ian became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Richard Selby

Richard Selby co-founded Pro Steel Engineering in 2012, having previously worked for Mabey Bridge for over ten years. Pro Steel Engineering is a steelwork construction services firm, working on prestigious projects such as the rejuvenation of the Olympic Park and the extension of Twickenham Stadium. The firm added a fabrication facility in 2016 in response to demands from clients along with a multitude of additional service offerings.

Pro Steel Engineering has recently embarked on relationships with local colleges to provide workplace experience for students working towards their qualifications in construction and engineering. Through this, Richard hopes to encourage more young people into the industry to help lessen the skills shortage.

In 2016, Pro Steel Engineering was named as the fastest growing firm in Manufacturing and Engineering at the Fast Growth 50 awards, and came second in the overall list of fastest growing businesses, with just 6 per cent of growth separating it from the overall winners.  Pro Steel Engineering has also won a number of other high profile industry awards.

Richard Selby is an active member of the Welsh business community. He is a member of the IoD, the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Cardiff Capital Region Council and the CBI Enterprise Forum and has recently been appointed to the Construction Sector Group for the Learning Skills and Innovation Partnership (LSKIP) advising Welsh Government. Richard uses these platforms to provide a voice for business to influence Government policy making.

Richard became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Alwen Williams

Alwen joined BT in 1996 soon after leaving school. 

After founding her early career in customer service and training, Alwen went on to develop her professional career in communications, marketing and change management. 

Initially learning her trade as corporate communications executive to the Regional Director for BT Wales, Alwen has come full circle and back to her home country to take on her current role.

Before this Alwen worked on the Broadband Britain marketing campaign which saw 1M broadband customers across the UK connected in 2013.  

Alwen then held a number of HR roles in Openreach, specialising in employee engagement and culture change and transformational change programmes affecting a mobile workforce of over 30K people. 

Before returning to Wales, Alwen led the engagement, communication and business adoption strategy and plan for BT’s HR Transformation programme, impacting c.100K employees in the UK and across 71 countries globally. 

Alwen was appointed as BT Director Wales in September 2015. She is a co-opted member of both the Business Wales Board and the Deeside Enterprise Zone Advisory Board. Alwen has also recently joined the CBI council for Wales. 

Alwen became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Wayne Harvey

Wayne is a Senior Partner at Deloitte.

Wayne has been in practice for over 30 years and a partner for 20 years. He advises international businesses on acquisition planning, cross border issues and business structuring. He advises private equity houses, management teams and company founders on transactional matters, liaising with lawyers and funders. 

He has worked with many fast-growing businesses as well as global groups. Wayne Harvey previously worked a two and a half year period at Deloitte’s Reading office. Prior to this, he worked for 12 years as a senior tax partner at Ernst & Young, in both Cardiff and Bristol.

Wayne is also a member of the CBI council for Wales.

Wayne became a member of the Wales Advisory Council in 2017.

Steffan Williams

Steffan is a Partner at Portland Communications where he provides strategic communications advice to companies, organisations and governments.

He is the Chairman of the PRCA - the voice of the Public Relations and Communications industry in the UK.

His charity pro bono commitments include The Prince's Trust, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and The World Monument Fund.

He’s a Special Advisor to the Iraq Britain Business Council and the AMAR Foundation. He’s also an Old Member's Trustee at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and a Member of the Advisory Development Board of Swansea University.

Azeemeh Zaheer 

Ms. Azeemeh Zaheer is Chief Executive of Naissance Capital Real Estate Ltd. NCRE is an asset management firm that principally creates commercial real estate backed structured products, as well as, technology based redevelopment strategies across the UK and United States on behalf of Private Clients.

Prior to NCRE, Azeemeh worked for Gatehouse Bank as Vice President & Head of IR for over six years. In this capacity she was responsible for deal syndication, institution partnerships and global distribution. Her role included working with real estate origination, asset management and investment structuring across various asset classes in the UK and USA.

Azeemeh’s experience also includes her appointment as Vice Consul, Head of Energy and US Oil & Gas Sector for the British Consulate General in Houston in November 2006. In this role, she was responsible for inward investment and trade between the US and the UK in oil & gas and energy financial services. She was awarded the 2009 Global Individual Excellence Award from Lord Davis, UK Trade & Investment Minister.

Azeemeh has previously worked in banking, for over 7 years, as a licensed specialist in business lending, annuity investments, as well as, private banking for both Bank of America and Washington Mutual (Chase).

Azeemeh completed the Real Estate Finance Executive Certification Programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2017, as well as, the Real Estate Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2015 and an received an Islamic Finance Qualification in 2010.

Azeemeh has led an outstanding Women Empowerment Initiative, which assist women in the Middle East seeking to develop their knowledge of investment opportunities, and in particular, discover Real Estate from an investment perspective.